Glenn L Silverii
Glenn L. Silverii specializes exclusively in the
field of workers' compensation defense. Mr.
Silverii has extensive experience in handling
all aspects of workers' compensation defense,
including trial, and appellate work; as well as
defending claims for benefits pursuant to Labor
Code section 132a, and serious and willful
misconduct claims. Also, Mr. Silverii has
participated in numerous seminars on topics
related to workers' compensation, as well as
having drafted and prepared various publications
on issues pertaining to workers' compensation.
Mr. Silverii received his Juris Doctor from
Southwestern University, School of Law in 1979,
and bachelor's degree from California State
University at Northridge. He was admitted to the
California State Bar in 1979, and began
practicing civil litigation in the areas of
liability defense and business law. Mr. Silverii
is admitted to practice before the United States
Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, and the
United States District Court for the Southern
and Central Districts of California. Mr. Silverii also participated in a special pro bono
program with the Office of the Los Angeles City
Attorney, and prosecuted criminal jury trials.
Also, when Mr. Silverii was doing business
litigation, he was an attorney for the plaintiff
in the landmark case of Baar v. Tigerman (1983)
140 Cal.App.3d 979, in which the immunity
protection for arbitrators was pierced. As a
result, Mr. Silverii has authored various
articles on arbitration, including one entitled
“Commercial Arbitration-Safeguards Needed?” (4
CEB California Business Law Rptr.)
Mr. Silverii's professional affiliations include
membership in the State Bar of California,
Orange County Workers' Compensation Forum, Los
Angeles and Orange County Bar Association,
American Bar Association, Southern California
Self-Insured Association, a member of the
section on workers' compensation with the State
Bar of California, as well as a member of the
California Workers' Compensation Defense
Scott K. Kubis
Mr. Kubis received his Juris
Doctor in 1990, magna cum laude, from University of
San Diego School of Law and, while attending San
Diego School of Law, was a member of the San Diego
Law Review, and Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Kubis received
his Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University
in 1985, and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor
Mr. Kubis' experience includes insurance defense
litigation and workers' compensation defense. In
addition to his workers' compensation background, he
has also handled a wide variety of litigation,
including general negligence, premises liability,
construction defects and product liability.
Mr. Kubis is admitted to practice in both the State
and Federal Courts in California. He has arbitrated
and mediated at trial many cases to successful
conclusion. He is an active member of the California
State Bar Association.
Peter J. Gorelick
Peter J. Gorelick specializes
in the field of workers' compensation defense. He
has more than 30 years of experience defending
employers and carriers in workers' compensation
courts throughout Southern California. This
experience ranges from initial discovery through
trial and appeal. Mr. Gorelick was employed as an
attorney by CIGNA Corporation for more than 18
years. He was the managing attorney for CIGNA's
Orange County and Riverside offices, supervising a
staff of 14 attorneys.
Mr. Gorelick received his undergraduate degree from
the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from the
University of San Fernando Valley, College of Law in 1978. During law school,
Mr. Gorelick worked as a law clerk for the Los
Angeles County District Attorney's office. He was
admitted to the State Bar of California in 1979. He
is also admitted to practice before the United
States District Court for the Central District of
Mr. Gorelick is a past vice-president of programs
and membership for the Southern California Workers'
Compensation Defense Attorneys Association. He
formerly served that organization as a member of
its Board of Directors. He has also been a member of
the Board of Directors of the statewide Workers'
Compensation Defense Attorneys Association. Mr. Gorelick
has been certified by the State Bar of California
as a provider for Continuing Legal Education
training. He has arranged numerous legal and medical
training seminars for attorneys, employers, claims
processionals and doctors. He has professional
affiliations with many legal and claims organization
through the Southern California area.
Lisa Cheung received her Juris
Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law
in 1999. While attending Southwestern, Ms. Cheung
was an editor of the Southwestern Journal of Law and
Trade in the Americas and received the American
Jurisprudence Award for Contracts. During this time,
Ms. Cheung also worked as a law clerk for the United
States Attorney Office in the Organized Crime Drug
Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and violent crimes
section, Universal Studios in the New Media section
as well as Van Nuys Superior Court in law and
motion. Ms. Cheung received her Bachelor of Arts
degree in Philosophy from the University of
California at Riverside in 1993.
Ms. Cheung began her career in workers' compensation
in 2000 representing carriers, third party
administrators and employers in workers'
compensation defense. Her 15 years of workers'
compensation experience includes all aspects of
discovery matters, trial and appeals of workers'
compensation matters. She also has experience in
defending against 132a claims and Serious & Willful
Ms. Cheung has dedicated her legal career to
representing the client's objectives aggressively
and bringing cases to resolution as quickly as
possible. Ms. Cheung's litigation philosophy is to
provide specialized representation of each
individual case developing creative and innovative
ideas to serve the client's financial and litigation
goals. Throughout all stages of litigation, Ms.
Cheung is committed to exploring all options of
litigation and resolution to provide the best
representation to meet the client's needs.
Jason M. Yeh
Mr. Yeh received his Juris Doctor in 2003 from Loyola Law School where he was also a research assistant.
Mr. Yeh received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from the University of Southern California,
in Business Administration, with honors from the Alpha Gamma Honor Society. During this time,
Mr. Yeh co-founded a ground breaking internet business that he sold for a substantial profit.
Mr. Yeh has extensive experience representing self-insured employers, insurance carriers,
and third party administrators on all issues involving workers compensation defense throughout
Southern California. He has litigated matters at trial, involving workplace injury,
discrimination/132a claims, serious and willful violations, as well as 3rd party credit issues.
In addition to workers compensation defense, Mr. Yeh worked for several years as a certified
law clerk at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Mr. Yeh is admitted to practice before
the United States District Court for the Central District of California and is a member of
the State Bar of California.
Jennifer J. Rhee
Ms. Rhee received her Juris Doctor degree from
Chicago-Kent School of Law in 2008. Ms. Rhee
attended the University of California, Los Angeles
for her undergraduate studies and received her
Bachelor of Arts degree with honor. During law
school, she worked as a law clerk for the Circuit
Court of Cook County and handled broad subject
areas, including torts, divorces, contract and
Before entering the practice of Law, Ms. Rhee worked
at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and
obtained the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. As
an attorney, Mr. Rhee has practiced in the areas of
general civil litigation and workers' compensation
Ms. Rhee specializes in workers' compensation
defense and was admitted to the California State Bar
Ms. Rhee speaks Korean and Spanish.
Mr. Kaplan specializes in the field of workers'
compensation defense, having worked in the field
since 2006. Mr. Kaplan has handled all varieties of
workers' compensation cases for self-insured private
employers, employers with high-retention deductible
policies, insurance companies, third party
administrators and self-insured public entities.
Mr. Kaplan received his Juris Doctor from UCLA in
2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
History from the University of California Berkeley
Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice before the United
States District Court for the Central District of
California and the 9th Circuit of the United States
Court of Appeals. Mr. Kaplan was admitted to the
California State Bar in 2005.
Before entering the practice of Law, Mr. Kaplan
worked as a political consultant during the 2005
California special election. He was also a
successful contestant on the television program
David B. Park
Mr. David Park received his Juris Doctor in 2000
from University of California, Los Angeles. While
attending the UCLA, he was a member of the Asian
American Law Journal and Korean American Bar
Association. As an active member of the California
State Bar since July 2000, Mr. Park has been
admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in
Mr. Park has experience in insurance defense
litigation and Workers' Compensation defense. He
specialized in the defense of Workers' Compensation
claims on behalf of various large insurance
carriers, self-insurance administrators as well as
both private and public self-insured employers,
including municipalities and school districts.
He prepared and handled all stages of discovery,
including depositions of applicants, witnesses as
well as expert witnesses such as AMEs and QMEs. He
also drafted various pleadings including petition
for reconsiderations and trial briefs before the
WCAB. He has represented client's interest at
hearings such as Mandatory Settlement Conferences
and Trials to resolve cases or to litigate them if
there should be no negotiated settlements.
In addition to the insurance defense litigation
experience, he handled complex civil litigation and
corporate transactional issues. He litigated and or
resolved many cases to successful conclusion on
behalf of clients.
Mr. Park speaks fluent Korean.
Jeffrey A. Nale
Jeffery Nale is a certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation by the
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has over 20
years of experience in workers’ compensation law, handling the defense
of all types of worker’s compensation claims from beginning to end.
He also focuses on providing legal defense against workers’ compensation
fraud suspected of claimants and health care providers. Mr. Nale advises
and represents insured employers, self-insured employers, insurance carriers,
and third party administrators in claims suspected of being fraudulent.
He works closely with private investigators, law enforcement agencies,
and the Fraud Units of District Attorney’s Offices in the investigation
and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud cases.
Mr. Nale received his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1987,
and bachelor’s degree in English from Santa Clara University in 1984.
He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988, starting his
legal career as a Deputy Public Defender for the Los Angeles County
Public Defender’s Office. In 1992, he became a Deputy District Attorney
with the Monterey County District Attorney’s office. As a prosecutor,
he specialized in prosecuting workers’ compensation fraud, his first
introduction to workers’ compensation law.
He then entered private practice in 1995, opening his own law practice
as a solo practitioner. In 2013, he became a partner with the law firm
of Luna, Levering, Holmes and Nale, continuing to specialize in workers’
compensation defense. In 2015, Mr. Nale joined Glenn L. Silverii & Associates
to open its Northern California office.
Mr. Nale’s professional affiliations include the Workers’ Compensation Section
of the State Bar of California, the Monterey Bay Workers’ Compensation Attorney’s
Association, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the California Workers’
Compensation Defense Attorneys Association.
Michael L. Hailey
Michael L. Hailey specializes in the field of workers' compensation defense.
Mr. Hailey has over ten years of experience, in defending employers and carriers
in workers' compensation courts, throughout Southern California. Mr. Hailey has
obtained "Take Nothing" Awards and is a Member of The National Black Lawyers
Association Top 100. He was admitted to the State Bar of California, in 2000, and
is licensed to practice before State and Federal Courts within California.
Mr. Hailey received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.
He went on to earn his M.B.A., from City University in Seattle, Washington,
graduating with honors. He then received his juris doctor degree, from Glendale
University College of Law, earning recognition as an Appellate Moot Court Competition
Mr. Hailey has several years of civil litigation experience, involving
Employment/Labor Law matters, including his representation of the County of
Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. Prior to
practicing law, Mr. Hailey worked for five years within the CBS Television & Radio
Finance Division, earning numerous staff excellence awards. He went on to also
work for five years, within the Trust Administration Division of Bank of America,
there too earning staff excellence recognition. During this time, Mr. Hailey obtained
and utilized his N.A.S.D. Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses.
Mr. Hailey, for several years, applied his legal skills as a Researcher for
Choicepoint, Inc., a data aggregation company, that acted as a private intelligence
service to government and industry. This position involved performing discovery and
detailed record research at numerous Federal, State and Municipal Courts within the
Western United States.
In his spare time, he enjoys participating in various sports with his family, and indulging in movies.
Steven A. Plesa
Steven A. Plesa began his workers' compensation career as a lien claimant hearing representative.
While studying for of his state bar, and waiting for the results of his moral character determination,
Mr. Plesa gained invaluable experience through negotiating and litigating a high volume of high value liens.
After being admitted to the California State Bar Association in 2013, Mr. Plesa has worked as a workers'
compensation defense attorney, successfully litigating numerous case-in-chief claims for "take nothings,"
with a total of hundreds of thousands of dollars of liens being disallowed.
He believes in closing files for his clients in the most cost-efficient way possible, which has both
provided him with the opportunity to resolve high exposure cases, while still gaining trial experience
by continuing to litigate chief and lien claims to successful conclusions.
Mr. Plesa enjoys proceeding forward on both case-in-chief and lien trials, and will always utilize
out-of-the-box strategies to bring a favorable result for his clients.
On every file, Mr. Plesa makes it a priority to respond to clients at his earliest opportunity,
and strongly encourages' active participation from the claims examiner, claims supervisor, employer,
and/or risk manager, so that everyone is continuously informed of a file's progression, from inception to its conclusion.
Mr Plesa graduated from Whittier Law School in 2011, passed the California State Bar exam in 2012,
and officially became an attorney in 2013.
As a workers' compensation defense attorney does whatever it takes to learn the files, and prepare
for hearings/trials, in order to provide the best representation possible for his clients.